When the call to management comes

Entering the management track can sneak up on you. That’s why you should ask yourself whether you want to be a manager before the opportunity presents itself.

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Most of us who choose a career in IT do so because we love the hands-on work. We start out on the front lines as a developer, DBA, designer, administrator or support tech. With time, we grow into new roles as our natural drive and curiosity prompt us to learn — about the technical areas we have chosen, the products and platforms we work on, the new technologies we’d like to work on and the roles we have yet to play in technical organizations and projects.

At some point along this trajectory, we are likely to hear a question whose implications are more profound for our careers and lives than we probably realize: “Do you want to be a manager?”

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